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It’s the last weekend before school starts for many families, and if you’re still shopping for clothes, books and other items, you’ll find a chance this weekend. There are also some superhero-themed events on tap.

Books!

The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale is Friday – Sunday at McAlister Square. Browse a massive selection of discounted new and gently used books, including fiction, non-fiction, hardbound, soft cover, children’s books and more. Proceeds benefit the Greenville Literacy Association. For details, visit http://greenvilleliteracy.org.

Back-to-School

Still shopping for back to school clothes and supplies? The Switch-A-Roos Children’s Consignment Sale is Friday – Sunday at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. Parents can find more than 200,000 new and gently used children’s items at reduced prices. The sale will be open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. This annual event has free admission and is open to the public. For more details or to register for early shopping, visit www.switcharoosconsignment.com.

Take it outside

A Creek Ranger Hike begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Paris Mountain State Park. The event is a one-mile, ranger-led walk. The cost is $7 each, payable at the gate instead of park admission. Registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 864-244-5565 or email ctaylor@scprt.com.

Gotta Dance!

Are you thinking of enrolling your children in dance classes? The Centre for Performing Arts will host an open house 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday to give families a chance to view the facilities and ask questions. The center is located at 838 M. Powdersville Road in Easley. For more details, call 864-859-5867 or visit www.thecentreforperformingarts.com.

Super fun

Attend a Children’s Superhero Party and book signing with Greenville native Kristy Dempsey, author of “The Superhero Instruction Manual,” noon – 2 p.m. Saturday at Fiction Addiction. Dress up as a superhero and get 10 percent off any merchandise purchased at the event. For more information, call 864-609-9394 or visit www.fiction-addiction.com.

The Superhero 5K benefiting The Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Clubs of Greenville County is Saturday at the Kroc Center. Participants of all ages are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. Prizes will be given for best costume in youth, adult and group categories. The race starts and ends at the Kroc Center in Downtown Greenville with part of the route going along the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Falls Park. For more details and registration, visit www.krocgreenville.org.

Night at the Movies

Families can catch a free showing of “Inside Out” Saturday as part of the Drive-In Movies at The Shops at Greenridge in Greenville. Movies will be shown near Dick’s Sporting Goods beginning at dusk, and children can enjoy face painting. For details, visit www.shopgreenridge.com.

Museum Update

If you’re headed to the Children’s Museum of the Upstate this weekend, you’ll find that the Bib’s World exhibit is temporarily closed while the museum installs a wheelchair-accessible elevator. The rest of the museum will be open as usual and holding Olympic-themed programs all weekend, including Olympic Rings Story Time and More at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more details, visit TCMUpstate.org.

At the Ballpark

The Greenville Drive will host its annual AJ Whittenberg Day Sunday at Fluor Field in Greenville to honor the students, faculty and staff of AJ Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering. The game begins at 4:05 p.m., but pre-game and in-game activities will be offered for students and teachers, including a teacher robot dance off, building blocks challenge and more. There will also be robotics and interactive science displays along the concourse. To purchase tickets or for more details, call 864-240-4528 or visit www.greenvilledrive.com.

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